Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0) at San Diego State Aztecs (1-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 15, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Diego State Aztecs +3 -- Over/Under:
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The 23rd ranked Arizona State Sun Devils will travel to SDCCU Stadium to take on the San Diego State Aztecs this Saturday night in College Football action.
The 23rd ranked Arizona State Sun Devils continued their incredible start to their season as they improved to 2-0 on the season after defeating the 15th ranked Michigan State Spartans this past Saturday. Arizona State went into the 4th quarter down by a 13-3 margin however, scored 13 unanswered points in the 4th, including a game-winning 28-yd FG by Brandon Ruiz as time expired to pull off the upset victory. Arizona State outgained Michigan State by a 424-377 margin and held Michigan State to just 63 rushing yards in the victory. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was QB Manny Wilkins who completed 30 for 48 passes for 380 yards, 1 TD, and an INT. Offensively, after their first two games against UTSA and Michigan State, Arizona State is averaging 32.5 ppg on 463.5 total yards per game (308.5 passing yds/g; 155.0 rushing yds/g). Leading the way for the Sun Devils offense is QB Manny Wilkins who has completed 63.9% of his passes for 5 TD and an INT while averaging 308.5 passing yds/game. Wilkins has one of the most talented WR’s in the country in N’Keal Henry who has 229 receiving yards and 3 TD’s on 12 receptions on the season. WR Kyle Williams (4.0 rec/g; 62.5 yds/g) has also been a contributor in the Sun Devils rushing attack. In the Arizona State backfield is led by Eno Benjamin who had 158 rushing yards and a TD on 29 carries. Benjamin has also been a solid option in the passing game out of the backfield as he has 69 yards and a TD on 8 receptions. Defensively, Arizona State is holding their opponents to an average of 10.0 ppg on 298.5 total yards per game (266.0 passing yds/g; 32.5 rushing yds/g).
The San Diego State Aztecs improved to 1-1 on the season after defeating the FCS Sacramento State Hornets, 28-14, this past Saturday. San Diego State had a surprisingly difficult time against Sacramento State as the Aztecs needed 15 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to securing the victory after trailing by a 14-13 margin. San Diego State outgained Sacramento State by a 429-234 margin however, did loss the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Aztecs was RB Juwan Washington who had 156 rushing yards and 3 TD’s on 36 carries. Offensively, after their two games agianst Stanford and Sacramento State, the Aztecs are averaging 19.0 ppg on 346.0 total yards per game (192.0 passing yds/g; 154.0 rushing yds/g). Leading the way for the Aztecs has been RB Juwan Washington who had 314 rushing yards and 4 TD’s on 60 attempts (157.0 yds/g). San Diego State hasn’t got much production out of QB’s Christian Chapman (61.5 Comp %; 112.5 yds/g) or Ryan Agnew (64.7 Comp %; 159.0 yds/g; 2 INT). The leading receivers for the Aztecs have been WE (4.5 rec/g; 55.5 yds/g) and WR Tim Wilson Jr (2.5 rec/g; 48.5 yds/g). Defensively, San Diego State is allowing their opponents to average 22.5 ppg on 308.0 total yards per game (256.5 passing yds/g; 51.5 rushing yds/g).
The Sun Devils are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September however, are just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games. The Aztecs are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss however, are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Arizona State has gotten off to an unbelievable start under new head coach Herm Edwards and has send notice to their Pac-12 opponents that they are for real with a great victory of the Spartans. San Diego State once against will have one of the best RB’s in the league in Juwan Washington however, the QB position is a mess for the Aztecs right now and their defense has had a tough time defending the pass. Arizona State has a history of playing poorly on the road, however, as the Sun Devils rush defense should give Washington some trouble and that the Manny Wilkins/N’Keal Henry duo should be able to find the endzone, I think the Sun Devils avoid the let down here and cover this small road spread.